Hi, I'd like to help you with your question.
Hoarding is considered an Obsessive Compulsive disorder. It occurs when a person collects items, useful or not, and is not able to discard any of them because of the feeling it causes them. The items (and/or animals in some cases) begin to accumulate to the point that the living space and surrounding areas become almost impassible. Living becomes difficult and cleaning impossible, which makes the living space unsanitary.
People who hoard also may experience social difficulties, procrastination, trouble making decisions, and shame and embarrassment.
Hoarding usually makes the person feel more safe. They surround themselves with items that they feel are important.
Hoarders are not lazy and this is not a reason someone hoards. Although a cause is not yet known, hoarding may be caused by past abuse (therefore explaining the need to collect and feel safer) and/or a brain disorder.
Recognizing that you have a problem is a great first step. You are acknowledging that you are aware this is a problem and you are asking for help. Once you can do that, your chances of recovery are good.
Since hoarding is related to Obsessive compulsive disorder, therapy is the best treatment to help overcome the problem. Ask your doctor for a referral, or you can search on line at http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/.
You can also work on changing your thinking. It may take a few tries, but you can accomplish this on your own. Try repeating the following statements to yourself:
"I only need one of this item"
"I can live just fine without this"
"I don't have to be perfect"
Organize your items into piles. You don't have to get rid of them at this point, just organize them. Ask for help from someone you trust. Decide on a day to get rid of one pile. Don't think about it, just do it. Then move on to the next.
While you work on this, try seeking outside help so you can have support when you feel anxious or upset about facing your hoarding. Although with therapy, support from others can help you get to the root of your problem and solve it once and for all.
I hope this has helped you,Kate